Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Revelation 10 (Part II)
By Odon Bulamba (27 January 2006) Summary only
Revelations 10:7-11, But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: ‘Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’ So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’ I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings’.
John said, “give me the book” because he was told by God to take it and he obeyed God completely. Most of the time when God sends us to people we change the words to make them fit into their lives so as to not shock them and so they will be pleased. I have to go like a snake and zig-zag instead of going straight to that person and telling them what God has said. Often when someone is crossing a hard situation, instead of going straight to that person and praying with them, we first go to Ange, ‘do you know what is going on in Eve’s life?’ and then we ring Sylvie to find out what is going on and then everybody’s curiosity will wake up. We don’t have to go different ways, we just have to take the straight way and pass the message as it was given to us.
How many times has God told you to talk to someone or to pray for someone but before to go you think more than 10 times, maybe it’s not from God, maybe it’s just my thoughts. When you are doubting, ask God to convince you so you can be sure.
John asked straight away and without doubting but for us, most of the time we forget the Bible says to ask and it will be given. When God says to do something, don’t hesitate, just do it because when you wait things become harder and then our faith starts to sink. John didn’t ask questions, he just took the book and when God asks us to do something we don’t have to ask questions but just to obey.
John was told to eat that book which is not easy, you have to chew those pages and swallow paper. He didn’t discuss but ate it immediately. “In your belly it will be bitter but in your mouth it will be sweet,” so that in your mouth you will find it tasty but in your stomach it will change. Whenever you receive the Word of God and it comes out of your mouth to use it to speak to others, it will taste really yummy but when you start to meditate on that Word it will taste bitter. For example, if you are a thief and you read, don’t steal, you will become angry. When you are not touched by the Word of God, you know there is something wrong.
When you are reading the Word of God just to advise others and you are forgetting yourself, you are wrong. Tell others when you find a weakness in yourself to pray for you and don’t be ashamed because nobody is perfect. We are called to humiliate ourselves and the first step is to confess our sin and tell others about our weaknesses and that will also encourage them to come to you to confess their weaknesses. But if you are someone who is always saying, ‘look at me, I’m strong, powerful etc,’ people will be afraid to come next to you.
John was told to take the message to all the nations, tongues and kings. Who is a king? Someone who has power and authority and we also have to reign and control our hearts, our body our lives and be aware of what is going on around us. When satan comes to tempt you, it’s up to you as the ruler to accept or not. Cigarettes, alcohol, stealing etc can control your kingdom if you give away your right to reign.
1. Say what God sends us to say directly
2. Do what God tells us to do immediately
3. Read the Word of God and meditate on it for ourselves and not just for others
4. You are the king of your body so control it